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This website may use both own and third-party cookies to provide visitors a better browsing experience and services customized to everyone's needs ad interest.
In what we call "web 2.0", "cookies" play an important role in facilitating access and delivery of multiple services the user enjoys on the Internet, such as:
- Customizing certain settings such as: language of a site, currency of certain prices or tariffs, maintaining options for different products (sizes, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and retaining these options) - thus making the "shopping cart" flexible (accessing old preferences by clicking the "forward" and "back" buttons)
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their websites are used by users so that they can make them more efficient and accessible to users.
- Allowing multimedia applications or other type of websites to be included in a specific website to create a more valuable, more useful and more enjoyable browsing experience.
- Improving efficiency of online advertising.
What is a “cookie”?
An "Internet Cookie" (also known as "browser cookie" or "HTTP cookie" or just "cookie") is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on a user's computer, mobile terminal or other equipment when he goes on the Internet.
The cookie is installed by means of a web-server's request sent to a browser (e.g. Internet Explores, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user's hard drive).
A cookies consists of 2 parts: name and content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns on the website associated to that respective webserver.
Cookies do not request personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 types of cookies:
- Session cookies - they are temporarily stored in the web browser's cookies file so that it can save them until the user leaves that respective website or closes the browser's window (e.g. when logging in/out of a webmail account or social networks).
- Persistent cookies - They are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and in general depends on the expiry date preset for the cookie).
Persistent cookies also include cookies placed by a website other than the one currently visited by the user - known as "third-party cookies" (cookies placed by third parties) - that can be used anonymously to memorize a user's interests so that more relevant advertising is delivered to users.
What are the benefits of cookies?
A cookie contains information that link a web browser (the user) and a specific web-server (website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide comfortable user services: e.g. - preferences in terms of online privacy, options regarding the website language, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on its purpose. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and expire at the end of the user's session and some cookies are stored and re-used each time the user returns to that website ('permanent cookies'). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any moment by means of browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third-parties?
Certain content sections on some websites may be provided by means of through third-parties/suppliers (e.g.: news box, a video or an advertisement). These third-parties may also place cookies through the website and they are called "third-party cookies" because they are not placed by the owner of that respective website. Third-party suppliers must also comply with the applicable law and privacy policies of the website owner.
How this website is using cookies
A visit on this site may place cookies for purposes of:
- Cookies for analyzing visitors
- Cookies for geo-targeting
- Registration cookies
- Session cookies
- Advertising cookies
- Cookies from advertisers
Certain cookies may come from third-parties.
This type of cookies stores the user's preferences on this website so that they are remembered each time the user visits the website (e.g.: list of products recently viewed, user's currency preferences, type of terminal used - desktop or mobile, number of products added to the shopping cart, etc.).
Cookies for geo-targeting
These cookies are used to establish the country you are from, are completely anonymous and are only used to target content (e.g.: storage of the country code following automatic IP detection).
These cookies store the specific data of a particular user (user code, email address, preferences for login data storage in the account). When you register on this website, we generate a cookie that informs us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with which you are registered and to display the information associated with your account.
The session cookie is generated automatically when the website is accessed and is used to manage web apps (HTTP protocol, filling in certain forms, interaction with certain items from the website, etc.). This cookies is erased when the browser is closed.
Other cookie from third parties
On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of an application or to personalize an application. These cookies may come from third parties such as Web Analytics services (e.g.: Google Analytics), advertising (e.g.: AdSense), social media platforms (e.g.: Facebook), chat platforms, etc.
Due to its method of use, this website cannot access these cookies just as third parties cannot access cookies owned by this website. For example, when you share an article using the button for social networks on this website, that social network will record your activity.
What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies retain information in a small text file that allow a website to recognize a browser. The webserver will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. The cookie stores important information that improve Internet browsing experience (e.g.: language settings of a site; keeping a user logged in in his webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).
Why are cookies important for the Internet?
Cookies are the core of Internet efficient functioning, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing of disabling cookies you may not be able to use certain websites.
Refusing or disabling cookie does not mean that you'll no longer receive online advertisement - but only that it will no longer be able to keep track of your preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (that do not require authentication of a user by means of an account):
- Content and services adapted to user's preferences - news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and governmental services, entertainment sites and travel services.
- Offers tailored to users' interests - remembering passwords, language preferences (e.g.: displaying search results in Romanian).
- Remembering child protection filters for Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
- Limiting advertising frequency - limiting the number of displays of an ad for a particular user on a site.
- Providing more relevant advertising for a user.
- Measurement, optimization and analytics features - such as confirming a specific level of traffic on a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user reaches a website (e.g. through search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.). Websites run these analyses of their use to improve websites for users' benefit.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made of code pieces so they cannot be executed nor can they auto-run. Thus, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks to run or replicate again. Due to the fact that they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. However, cookies can still be used for negative purposes. As they store information about users' preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Mani anti-spyware products are aware of this and consistently mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus/anti-spyware removal/scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookies acceptance, lifetime and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain website. Other security aspects related to cookies
Since identity protection is very important and is the right of every Internet user, it is advisable to be informed on what issues cookies may create. As information is constantly transmitted both ways between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes in the data transmission, the information contained by cookies can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (e.g.: an unsecured Wi-Fi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve wrong cookie-settings on servers. If a website does not ask the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through the unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information to illegally access certain websites. It is very important to pay attention in choosing the most appropriate method to protect personal information.
Tips for safe and secure cookie-based browsing
- Customize your browser cookie-settings to reflect a comfortable cookie-use security level for you.
- If you don't mind the cookie and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for browsing history storage and personal access data storage.
- If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting the browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access websites that place cookies and to delete any browsing information when you close the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update antispyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include detection of attacks on sites. This prevents the browser to access websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or to download dangerous software. Ensure that your browser is always updated. Many of the cookie-based attacks take place by exploiting the weaknesses of the old browser versions.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access on the best and most popular websites on the Internet - local or international. With a clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can browse the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusal to receive cookies may have a negative impact upon the usability and visiting of many websites. Also, refusal to accept cookies does not mean you'll no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set the browser so that it does not accept these cookies or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. However, for example, if you are not registered as using the cookies, you will not be able to leave comments.
All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookies settings. These settings are usually found in "options" or in your browser's "preferences" menu. To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, or you can use browser's "help" option for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
For third-party cookie-settings, you can also see:
If you want more information about cookies and their use, we recommend the following links:
- Microsoft Cookies guide
- All About Cookies